Yesterday I had an epiphany wherein I realized that I was not really tithing my income. I assumed that tithing meant that you give a few dollars to the needy if they asked. I didn't know that you literally were supposed to set aside 10% of the net of what you earned, and ask the Holy Spirit what he wanted you to do with it. When I decided to actually pray about tithing, the Holy Spirit said that I should give 10% of my weekly income to a young niece with two children and no husband.
I gave it reluctantly, and it shocked the wits out of her, especially when I told her that I would be giving her that same amount each week. I contemplated reducing my income, given that I own the business, but decided that I would simply trust God. By the end of the day yesterday, I had received a check in the amount of 2 and several zeroes from a publishing company interested in publishing one of my books. They said that was just the beginning, as they know that I have several books to write, and they want to publish all of them. I wonder what woulld have happened if I had refused to give as the Holy Spirit had commanded.